It’s been a really long time where I was super excited about making a card — so excited that I stayed up late and woke up early to finish it off. Partially because it’s really been a long time since I dedicated time to making something just for me and partially because Ratatouille is one of my favorite movies. Yes, I am entering it into a contest and that’s what spurred it on but let’s be real, it’s been awhile since I got a chance to raid my stash looking for pieces to put a card together. Note: I am so sorry that some of these sets are no longer available as I had to use a bunch of different pieces to pull this card together.
Initially, I had a completely different idea for a card using the recent coffee card kit but I nixed it because of photography reasons (it is being entered into a contest after all and acetate is incredibly hard to photograph). I pulled a ton of items from my MFT stash and the Recipe for Happiness set is such a classic, which I’ve had for years but never used. I also pulled out Mice Day to Celebrate, which is also incredibly adorable and similar to Recipe for Happiness, been in my stash but never used. Then it just clicked. Ratatouille. I’ll make a scene from Ratatouille.
Paired with the coffee card kit (sold out but can be purchased separately) I purchased, I could easily use the pieces to create a restaurant scene versus a coffee shop. Long story short, I nixed the restaurant scene and went for a inside the kitchen scene instead and took some liberties with it.
Here’s a breakdown of how I pulled this card together.
Main Box Card pieces
I used a mix of the Mini Slimline Outside the Box Die-namics and the coordinating set, Mini Slimline Outside the Box Level Up Die-namics. I initially wanted to use the different levels but it didn’t work here because of how I wanted the restaurant sign to fit along with the kitchen stove being seen. For the decoration of the “inside” and “outside” of the restaurant, I used the Floor to Ceiling 6×6 paper pad.
In the movie, there’s a sign for Gusteau’s which is shown multiple times and I thought it was iconic to make it recognizable. I used the Make a Sign Die-namics to stamp and heat emboss the Birdie Brown Alphabet & Numbers spelling out the restaurant name in white embossing powder. I took a red colored pencil to carefully outline it so it has a glowing look. I only used the interior of the sign and it was the perfect size for the name. For the stars, I had to search around for a set that had stars that would fit and the Blastoff Buddies stamp set, that I used for another card entry, had it! Of course, the famous Gusteau here will be the chef from the Recipe for Happiness stamp set.
For the kitchen, this was really easy to create since a lot of kitchen items came from the Recipe for Happiness stamp set. I used almost every single of of the smaller images to decorate the kitchen. The pans hanging in the back, the spatula, whisk, along with the pots and pans on the stove. For one of the pans in the front counter, I had to draw int the iconic namesake dish, Ratatouille. For the kitchen stove and counter, I used the Bistro Basic Die-namics. It was the perfect size for this card and I was so giddy!
Linguine & Collette
When I was thinking this part through, Linguine and Collette led me to do no line coloring for the entire scene so I could easily manipulate the images as there were no other chefs in Recipe for Happiness. Adorable Adventures had images of characters that were the closest for what I imagined for my scene. I used the “map” for Collette to change into a recipe card and I swapped out Linguine’s “walking stick” for a Recipe for Happiness spoon. For both, I didn’t add in their glasses, which was more true to character, and put them into a chef’s outfit with aprons to boot. I was so happy this turned out well!
Remy aka Little Chef
As mentioned previously, the Mice Day to Celebrate stamp set set off my creative spark but once I had most of the pieces together, this is where I struggled… all the mice in this set were just way too proportionally large, even if you played with the depth of the kitchen with the box card. It doesn’t really matter in the card making world but it did to me. I went through my sets once again looking for a critter that could work and lo and behold, in the Birthday Buds stamp set, there was a little mouse with a party hat holding cheese with a candle! It was perfect for this card and perfect in size. Since I was no line coloring, this was easy to just not color in the candle or the party hat, which I swapped out for the chef’s hat in Recipe for Happiness. It came together so well! I also decided that, like in the movie, he needed a little stool to stand on top of since, well, he’s a mouse. I used the stool from the Mice Day to Celebrate set.
To finish off this card, I used a sentiment from Recipe for Happiness and it was so fitting for the entire little scene. I was absolutely over the moon with how this card turned out! Yes, it will be bigger than a “mini slimline” size for a card because of Gusteau peeking over, but I don’t care. Card sizes shouldn’t limit your creative and you can always create a custom envelope for any size card!
Hopefully this post answers any questions you may have about this card and all it’s components! I’ll have all the supplies listed down below and again, some items are retired but if they were available somewhere, I will have them listed.
Wish me luck!
>> SUPPLIES <<
My Favorite Things Stamp – Recipe for Happiness
My Favorite Things Stamp – Mice Day to Celebrate
My Favorite Things Stamp – Mini Slimline Outside the Box Die-namics
My Favorite Things Stamp – Mini Slimline Outside the Box Level Up Die-namics
My Favorite Things Stamp – Floor to Ceiling 6×6 Paper Pad
My Favorite Things Stamp – Make a Sign Die-namics
My Favorite Things Stamp – Birdie Brown Alphabet & Numbers
My Favorite Things Stamp – Blastoff Buddies
My Favorite Things Stamp – Bistro Basic Die-namics
My Favorite Things Stamp – Adorable Adventures:
My Favorite Things Stamp – Birthday Buds